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Niagara Public Works workers show off a new end loader and tools purchased with a $ 150,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. From left to right, Jamie Oratch, Jim Stachowicz, JJ Coppens, Matt Zanon and John Henrichs. (photo by Karen Klenke)

NIAGARA, Wisconsin – The City of Niagara successfully secured grants in 2021 to meet equipment and infrastructure needs, receiving $ 453,986 for sidewalk construction on Roosevelt Road and $ 150,000 for the purchase of a loader at the end.

“The grants have been so important in improving the quality of the services we can provide”, said Audrey Fredrick, City Administrator-Clerk-Treasurer. “It has been an exciting and productive year for us in this regard, and we are very grateful for the funding opportunities. “

The city has other improvements coming up for the grants, including a John Deere electric mower, a police car and improvements to the police department’s evidence processing room, Fredrick said.

The public works equipment grant was recently announced by Julie Lassa, acting director of state for the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Wisconsin. It is funded through the Community Facilities Direct Grants and Loans Program, which helps rural residents build or improve infrastructure and purchase or replace equipment.

The new end loader replaces a 1983 machine that required frequent expensive repairs to parts that are no longer serviced. This project will also include a bucket, forks and a plow hitch to help provide the town with the tools needed to continue plow and maintenance services for its 1,624 residents.

“Modern infrastructure and equipment are the cornerstone of the success of any community, especially in rural areas” Lassa said.

For the sidewalk project, the city requested $ 453,986,000 of the $ 900,000 that Marinette County had available under the Community Development Block Grant-Close program, Fredrick said.

Projects eligible for this funding must be located in communities with more than 50% of the population of low or moderate income. Niagara allocated the grant to build a sidewalk at the north end of US 141 / Roosevelt Road, from Dewey Street to Jefferson Avenue.

This will provide increased safety and better pedestrian access, said Fredrick.

CDBG funding is administered by the Energy, Housing, and Community Development Division of the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Acting on behalf of Marinette County Council, the executive committee approved the submission of the CDBG application. County administrator John Lefebvre was instrumental in the application and approval process, noted Fredrick.

Cedar Corporation of Green Bay provided the engineering for the project and FA Industrial Services of Iron River was awarded the project as the general contractor.

The village of Wausaukee received the balance of funds from the county CDBG.

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